My first experience with Treasure Cruise

I spent friday evening with a friend testing Treasure Cruise. I had previously decided to try Carsten Kotter’s BUG Delver list with the whole playset of Treasure Cruise. The list in its entirety:


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4 Polluted Delta
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Verdant Catacombs
4 Wasteland
4 Underground Sea
2 Bayou
1 Tropical Island

4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Tarmogoyf

4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Treasure Cruise
4 Force of Will
3 Daze
1 Misdirection
4 Hymn to Tourach
4 Abrupt Decay

Basically, it’s more or less the bog-standard Team America list but with Treasure Cruise over the slots usually occupied by Tombstalker/True-Name Nemesis and the flex-slots usually consisting of some numbers of Sylvan Libraries and Liliana of the Veils. Kotter’s list even incorporates Misdirection as the fifth pitch counter (“quite good when you’re playing Ancestrals”), and I went ahead and added that as well – since I even own a couple of signed Misdirections from my Vintage days, when the norm was to play the full set of Dazes and Force of Wills and two Misdirections on top of that!

I didn’t take any notes, so unfortunately there aren’t any real statistics to show, but I did play about a dozen games against my friend’s Patriot Delver list and the few losses I scraped were from: a manascrew after a whiffed Ponder, a game where he had a very quick Batterskull coupled with mana denial, and a game where we grinded forever that he won by the skin of his teeth. In short, the deck lost to things that usual Team America loses against, but it seemed to be a bit more rare.

The mid-long games more or less all boiled down to this: him resolving Stoneforge Mystics with nothing left to get, and me resolving Treasure Cruises. And honestly, which of these cards would you rather play?


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